McGoff Group reveals plans for new development in Adel

The McGoff Group has acquired 2.9 acres of land in Adel, Yorkshire, with planning permission granted for a stunning new mixed use residential development.

The site, located on Otley Road, will be transformed by the McGoff Group, who will deliver an expertly designed 74 bedroom care facility and six bespoke two bedroom bungalows.

The care facility will be operated by New Care, part of the McGoff Group, and will be the first care home in Yorkshire for the company. 

New Care is renowned for providing an exceptional clinical offering, including residential, nursing, dementia and respite care services in a comfortable and safe environment, with this latest care facility perfectly complementing the award-winning company’s portfolio of care homes across the North West and Midlands.

Designed with an impressive specification, the bungalows will be available for private sale, appealing to homebuyers looking for a luxury property that also offers some domestic support at home to enable continued independent living.

McGoff Construction, also part of the McGoff Group, has made an immediate start on site with construction well underway.

Chris McGoff, director at the McGoff Group, says: “This site in Adel is superb.  It benefits from amenities in nearby Headingley, just 750 metres away, and overlooks open countryside.  

“The size and location of the site really suit our proposed scheme, with bespoke two bedroom bungalows built in a picturesque setting and an expertly designed, purpose-built care facility in the heart of the community.

“The development itself will be nestled away and largely invisible from the road, adding to its appeal.  We are very much looking forward to bringing the New Care brand to Yorkshire and are confident the care home will exceed all expectations.  The bungalows with domestic support on site and the option for additional support packages when required, complete the development and perfectly compliment the care facility.”

McGoff Construction anticipates a 77 week build programme, with the bungalows due to complete in December 2021, and with a practical completion for the care home confirmed for April 2022.

Kids take over the kitchen at Altrincham nursery

The team at Back to the Garden Childcare, on Sinderland Road in Altrincham, allowed its children to take over the kitchen, and indeed the whole nursery, for one day only!

To celebrate Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day (13th September), an event pioneered by the Young Chef Academy and now in its ninth year, fun food-related activities were arranged throughout the nursery, ensuring all children were involved, from babies up to pre-schoolers.

The aim of the event is to involve children in the preparation of food and planning of meals, with the hope that the little ones will learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits, and perhaps become budding masterchefs when older.  

At Back to the Garden, a fulfilling day was planned which incorporated making smoothies and fruit kebabs, baking bread and banana muffins, as well as picking vegetables grown in the nursery’s very own garden.  

A box of mixed fruit and vegetables was also contributed to the nursery from High Legh-based Groobarbs Wild Farm, allowing the children the chance to see and feel different produce straight from the field. 

Fun activities in the garden with the mud kitchen were also involved, and the children helped with cleaning up afterwards, from sweeping the floor to loading the dishwasher.

Jen Carmichael (from Urmston), Cook at Back to the Garden Childcare, says; “Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is a great way to involve children in food preparation and cooking.  It is so important children learn about healthy eating habits early on and understand the link food has on our health and emotions, not only to establish a long-lasting good diet but to also prevent serious health issues in future years.

“Our ethos is very much based on healthy eating.  We actively encourage children to taste and experiment with food, and to respect where it comes from.  To help with this we grow our own produce each season in the garden, with the children helping to nurture it daily.  On Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day, we asked children to pick some vegetables, clean them, chop them and then see how that ingredient was used in one the dishes we made. 

“It really was a fantastic day and the interactive activities really brought out the children’s interest in and love of food, which was super to see.”

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New Care secures two new planning approvals

Leading development-led care home operator New Care has received planning consent for two new state-of-the-art care facilities, one in Grappenhall in Cheshire and a second in Guiseley in West Yorkshire. 

Helping to address the increasing shortfall of quality beds in both areas, the award-winning Manchester-based operator will deliver a 70-bed care home with a value of £11million just off Knutsford Road in Grappenhall close to the centre of Warrington, and a 72-bed facility with a value of £12million on Otley Road within the leafy and historic surroundings of Guiseley Conservation Area.

Expertly designed, each of the privately-funded ‘new generation’ care facilities will be purpose-built to ensure the highest standards of care can be delivered in a comfortable and stylish home-from-home environment. 

Each property will boast spacious and fully furnished bedrooms, complete with private en suite wet rooms, elegant communal lounges, fine dining rooms, spa assisted bathrooms, a hair salon, nail bar and beautifully landscaped gardens. 

Above all, they will provide an outstanding clinical offering including residential, nursing and dementia care, with all residents receiving individual person-centred compassionate care that is enhanced by a meaningful programme of daily activities and excursions from a permanent and highly skilled professional team.

Approval for both homes was given on the same day and New Care’s sister company, McGoff Construction, is gearing up to start work on both sites later this year.

Chief operating officer at New Care, Cath Fairhurst, commented: “It is incredibly exciting to receive planning permission for two superb new homes on the same day. 

“Grappenhall was passed by unanimous vote at the Council’s planning meeting and Guiseley was a delegated decision made possible only by the overall quality of the submission.  Our development-led approach is well coordinated and extremely thorough which usually leads to a positive response at committee and planning approval subsequently being granted.

“The care crisis continues to escalate across the UK and we remain committed to bringing our award-winning facilities to areas where there is an established need,” she concludes.

Both homes will also create local employment opportunities with approximately 80 full time equivalent jobs at each facility across a variety of different roles.

New Care worked with Manchester-based law firm Beyond Corporate on the deal.  Real estate partner at Beyond Corporate, Owen McKenna, said: ““It was great to once again work alongside the experienced team at New Care in securing the site for what is another much needed, modern care home development – particularly as purpose-built care homes represent a small percentage of the available beds for long-term care. We have worked with New Care since its inception, and within the last 12 months have secured another six sites for them, with more in the pipeline. We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with New Care and congratulate them on this very positive outcome.”

McGoff Chairman to retire after 32 years

It is with personal sadness but warm wishes that the Board announce the retirement of our Chairman James McGoff, effective September 2021. James’s leaving marks the end of an era for the McGoff Group. 

In 1973 Jim and Ethna McGoff launched the trusted, regional contractor known as McGoff & Byrne. James was the first of the McGoff Brothers to enter the family business in 1989 and his 32 years in the family business have seen many significant accomplishments.

48 years on, McGoff Construction sits at the heart of a £130m domain of like-minded businesses collaboratively forming the McGoff Group. A seamless ability to acquire, design, build, operate and maintain across targeted healthcare, residential and commercial sectors has provided the platform for the Group to cement itself as the favoured choice for Clients, funders, JV partners & supply chain partners alike.

The Group is driven by family values, innovation, construction excellence and operational expertise. In an ever-changing, challenging environment the McGoff name signifies quality, agility and above all an unbreakable force that is well equipped to sustain the business for future generations to come.

James has played a critical role on the Board of Directors in the development and success of the business, forging 32 years of unbreakable relationships with colleagues, staff and clients alike. A much loved character, we will miss him and his charming and comical personality, we wish him the best of luck in his retirement and thank him for the 32 years of dedicated service to the family business. The board is truly excited for him as he enters into a new chapter in life.

A message from James McGoff

“I joined McGoff and Byrne Ltd in 1989, it was run directly by Mum and Dad being the only shareholders, the business was successful and profitable and was well respected, we worked in a geographical area known as Granada land, as per the coverage of the local TV station for many of the leading brewers and leisure brands at the time. The business at that time carried out mainly fast track pub and restaurant fit outs and renovations, together with a more stable and less frantically paced Local Authority work, school extensions and enveloping schemes.

We directly employed all the trades including ground workers, bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, the business moved fast, staff were changed from site to site weekly and sometimes even daily, every one of the 60 odd site staff reported to the then head office at Dane Road 6 days a week having been collected in company buses and vans to be assigned a task and site for that day!

The scenes each morning of vans arriving, doors being flung open and men swapping vehicles with their bags and barrows of tools to orders barked from Dads right hand man Bill Daly always reminded me of being on the set the hit TV show Mike Reid’s Runaround!

The last 18 months have changed the world for all of us all, McGoff Construction and our repeat leisure clients, however it has led to an unprecedented demand for quality healthcare facilities to be swiftly and reliably delivered and has served to accelerate and reinforce the vision of the current Managing Directors in that the future for the business is in self delivery, with less reliance on competitive tendering for work in a shrinking marketplace.

I have been humbled by the commitment and hard work of my Brothers, the Board of Directors and our people in their passion for creating a truly purpose-driven company. I am very grateful to them, as I am to the companies many other stakeholders, with whom we have worked to build our long-term, sustainable business. I leave the business with unwavering pride, a lifetime of lessons and the most amazing memories.

The business is in great shape, with the best team and a healthy order book, it’s with sadness I write to you now but the direction of the business is right and the time is right for me, I will miss working with you all on a day to day basis and I thank you for your excellent work, loyalty and friendship over the years.”

Downtown Shortlisted at 2021 Insider Awards

The Insider North West Residential Property Awards 2021 brings together the people and businesses that have designed, developed, funded, built and continue to manage the built environment and recognising their outstanding achievements.

We are delighted to confirm that our landmark apartment development Downtown Manchester has been shortlisted in the Large Apartment Development of the Year category!

Insider Editorial Director Miri Thomas said: “It was hugely encouraging to see that despite the immense challenges of the past year, we received more entries for the 2021 event than we did for the previous year. The companies shortlisted here should be justly proud of their achievements and agility in these difficult times. This year’s event will be a celebration of the strength and resilience of the region’s residential property sector.”

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Manchester Central on Friday 17 September 2021.

McGoff Group Lymm Development

The McGoff Group, in partnership with joint venture partner Macdonald Hotels, has secured funding deals with Puma Finance and Octopus to progress plans for an exciting new £28.25 million multi-generation development on the site of the former Lymm Hotel on Whitbarrow Road in Lymm, Cheshire.

The first of its kind in the North West, the project will comprise a state-of-the-art care facility, expertly designed children’s day nursery and 45 bespoke luxury retirement apartments in a leafy conservation area setting close to the village and adjacent to the Trans Pennine Trail.

Designed by the McGoff Group and delivered by principal contractor McGoff Construction, the development is a new concept in inter-generational living, bringing young and old together to form a thriving new hyperlocal community with proven health, social and wellbeing benefits for all. All aspects of the development will also be operated by the McGoff Group.  Renowned for providing exceptional residential, nursing, respite and dementia care services in a comfortable and safe environment, the Group’s multi award winning care home provider, New Care, will take responsibility for the 66-bed care home. The nursery will be operated by Back to the Garden, the Group’s natural child-led day nursery concept.  It will be the second site in the UK for the innovative nursery concept that focusses on active learning and outdoor play in a garden setting which has already enjoyed considerable success at its first site in Broadheath, Altrincham.

Finally, the McGoff Group’s residential brand Villafont will deliver the 45 retirement apartments under a new sub-brand Villafont Concierge which will offer an impressive specification and enhanced lifestyle package for those looking for a luxury property with the option for elements of domestic support to enable continued independent living.

Bringing together the best of care for both the oldest and youngest members of the community, the new concept is designed to offer the potential for old and young to spend time in each other’s company on a regular basis which has many proven mental and physical health-related benefits including an increased understanding and appreciation of each other’s abilities and limitations, building tolerance and compassion and helping the elderly remain more mentally and physically alert.

Director at the McGoff Group, Chris McGoff, commented: “A development like this is something that we have wanted to do for a long time and a concept that we believe passionately in. Thanks to the finance from Puma and Octopus, it can now take shape.  We are excited to see how it becomes part of the local community and hope it can set a new blueprint for future schemes.

“Adjacent to the canal and next to an entry onto the Pennine Trail and with lovely woodland views, the leafy position of this site will appeal to all target age groups and will be perfect for young and old to enjoy.”